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New State Treasurer Sworn In Early

Nov 18, 2014
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Kelly Mitchell is the state‘s new treasurer a little early.

Mitchell was sworn into the office for which she was elected just two weeks ago, however her service this year will be the completion of the unexpired term of former state treasurer Richard Mourdock.

"It‘s so exciting," Mitchell said in her first meeting with reporters after a private swearing-in at the Statehouse. "I‘m not sure I slept last night - I did a little, but it is a thrill and an honor to be standing here."

State Treasurer Race Lacks Incumbent

Oct 31, 2014
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Of the three statewide offices on Indiana‘s ballot next week, only one has no incumbent running -- in fact, there‘s no incumbent at all.   Governor Pence named only an interim state treasurer after Richard Mourdock resigned in August.

GOP nominee Kelly Mitchell, who ran the TrustINdiana investment pool for local governments under Mourdock, says the office belongs in fiscally conservative hands. She says a cautious investment philosophy shielded Hoosier banks from collapse during the recession.

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press / Courtesy Indiana Debate Commission

The ranks of leadership among Republicans at the Indiana Statehouse changed dramatically Friday. 

Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock  announced his resignation, four months before his term expires. 

Then, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) will no longer be part of the House GOP leadership team.

Mourdock's Tenure Questioned For Years

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Mayor Wayne Seybold (R-Marion) is the first candidate to officially announce a run for the open Indiana State Treasurer position. With current Treasurer Richard Mourdock stepping down due to term limits, the race in 2014 is wide open.

Seybold is serving his third term as mayor and was a city councilman in Marion prior to 2003.  He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Indiana’s 5th District last year.

Seybold says he will use his experience in city government to connect the State Treasurer’s office to the local level.

After 36 years in the Republican column, Indiana’s Senate seat has switched parties as Congressman Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock Tuesday.

Mourdock takes heat for rape comment

Oct 24, 2012

GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is trying to clarify comments he made during Tuesday’s second and final debate regarding abortion and rape. 

When asked his position on abortion rights, Mourdock said he only supports abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.  He went on to say life is a gift from God.

“And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

In Indiana’s final U.S. Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security. 

Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress. 

Mike Conroy / Associated Press

Senate candidates Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock spent most of their first debate Monday attacking each other, while Libertarian Andrew Horning called for voters to move away from the status quo. 

Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock says he doesn’t think the upcoming debates between him and his two opponents will get nearly as many viewers as his debate with Senator Richard Lugar in the May primary.  But with the race among the closest in the state, it’s possible there could be more interest than he realizes.  

Several polls in recent weeks all show Mourdock and Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly within just a few percentage points of each other in the race.  Mourdock says he hopes the debates will garner enough attention to have an impact on the campaign.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh is hitting the campaign trail with Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.

The two will make several stops across the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “Main Street tour” of Indiana.

Bayh says appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat.

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